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Bearded Man with a Falcon
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Bearded Man with a Falcon

Circa 1500

Attributed to Lazzaro Bastiani (circa 1425-1512)

Oil on canvas

Width: 98 cm [unchecked] ( frame ); Height: 123 cm [unchecked] ( frame ); Depth: 5.5 cm [unchecked] ( frame ); Height: 97 cm ( painted surface ); Width: 71.2 cm ( painted surface ); Width: 72.8 cm ( stretcher ); Height: 99.4 cm ( stretcher );

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Lee of Fareham, Arthur Hamilton (1st Viscount); bequest; 1947

About this work
The sitter’s rich doublet of expensive black cloth, his finely embroidered shirt cuffs, and opulent hat are markers of his high social status. This is further underlined by the hooded falcon resting on his arm. Ownership of these hunting birds was associated with noble rank.

The man stands before bare tree trunks set against a deep turquoise background. The oak leaves (rovere) suggest that he might belong to the prominent Italian della Rovere family. (Permanent collection label)

This work is not on display
While we make every effort to ensure this information is correct, displays are subject to last-minute changes.

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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